Apanemo Hotel – Santorini Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , November 18th, 2017

Apanemo Hotel - Santorini Gay Friendly Hotel

If you ever imagined yourself basking inside an infinity pool under the Mediterranean sun, with a glass of wine in your hand from the vineyards of Greece and the view of a volcanic island stretching into the endless blue of the sea… we can tell you the name of the place: welcome to the Apanemo hotel in the island of Santorini.

The Apanemo hotel is located atop a hill in the area of Akrotiri -an ancient settlement of the Minoan Age that was overflowed by lava when the volcano of Thera erupted in 1627 BC. The mystery surrounding the catastrophe is believed to have inspired Plato in his conception of Atlantis -the utopian and forever-lost mystical island of the Mediterranean.

It was millenia after the dust had settled when the Apanemo hotel sprung into view with its elegant venetian architecture, crisp-white walls and pools of vibrant, blue waters. There, the modern came in touch with the timeless, channeling a sense of awe every time the amber colours of the sunset fall over the caldera.

Today, the Apanemo is abundant in what it has to offer. You could wake up in one of the 25 bright and spacious guest-rooms which are fully equipped with air-conditioning, refrigerator, safe, TV and wireless Internet access. Ready to leave the coziness of the bed? How about breakfast? The buffet is rich with traditional Greek delicacies which you can enjoy on your private balcony with the panorama of the Aegean reaching the horizon. A messy room need not bother you since cleaning services are available daily. Now, why not take a stroll in the garden or the sun terrace? Perhaps you could spend an hour or two in the hotel’s spa tub or lounge in the common area for a cup of tea.

If you’re planning an adventurous day you’ll find the surrounding area a real thrill! The path leading to the ancient city of Akrotiri, which was unearthed from the volcanic ashes in the ’70s, is optimal for hiking, trail-running and mountain-biking. For the fans of water-sports scuba-diving services are offered nearby while the magnificent Red Beach is within walking distance. Other sites worth visiting include the infamous volcano whose crater is easily reachable, Oia, a nearby village where the extraordinary sunset is admired by dozens of people daily, as well as Pyrgos with its majestic castle dating back to the Dark Ages.

After nightfall you could return to the hotel and enjoy a bath with Apanemo’s complimentary toiletries, grab a bite at the hotel’s restaurant, or have a drink at the lounge bar. Alternatively, you could visit Fira, the island’s capital where the night-life is alive and vibrant with the colours of the rainbow! Worried about getting around? The Apanemo hotel offers shuttle services and the staff is always available for anything else you might need!

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Author: , November 18th, 2017

Since 99% of the time we always drive coast to coast, besides being able to visit a lot of very interesting sights we also get to see a lot of very interesting signs along the highways and as we drive into a town. Smaller towns seems to have the best interesting signs.

We don’t know if they are really trying to attract more people or that they are really just ignorant as to their signage.

Either way, we are showing some of the signs that we have seen in our travels around the country and some are so unbelievable that we had to stop and take photos.

We are not going to tell what towns or cities that these are in but of course most are in the “Deep South”. Most all of these are in small towns but we do fine some very interesting ones on the Interstates as well.

We get a lot of emails from readers asking where our next trip is.

We leave the end of November on a driving trip to Denver and across Utah to Las Vegas and then to West Hollywood for a few days and then on to Palm Springs and then the drive back to Kansas City.

In Winslow, Arizona we will be staying at the Wigwam Motel and each unit is in the shape of a Teepee. Should be very interesting. Meanwhile enjoy some of the photos here that we have found in our travels.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Rome Skyline From the Vatican – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , November 18th, 2017

Rome Skyline - Keep Calm and Wander

If you’re like me who like to see city skylines, then we could travel together. The view of the Vatican from the top of St Peter Basilica is surreal. You won’t just be able to see the city-state itself but it goes farther beyond Rome. You won’t be able to see skyscrapers like the ones in Dubai, Chicago or New York. But you’ll see a city that’s a work of many great artists who combined their creative forces to build a beautiful place that’s classic and timeless.

From the Top. You’ll be able to see the building where the Pope lives. The gardens of the Vatican, the building where the Sistine Chapel is, bridges and other magnificent architectural work. You’ll also be in close encounter with the Michelangelo’s Dome that towers all over Rome. The statues of Christ and his disciples on the facade roof are within your reach, too. And oh, I’ve never seen a city with so many domes but Rome.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Sixtythree B&B – Rome Gay Friendly Guesthouse

Author: , November 17th, 2017

Sixtythree B&B - Rome Gay Friendly Guesthouse

Sixtythree guesthouse offers its guests comfortable, clean and centrally located rooms at extremely convenient price since 2005. We are located in the lively and multicucltural district of Esquilino Hill, just 150 meters away from the main entrance of Termini station and within walking distance from the most part of Roman museums and monuments.

Are you willing to skip the public transport and enjoy the best of Rome walking the whole day through history? Or maybe you prefer to book a place in the best connected district of Rome to take advantage of the public transport at best?

In both cases Sixtythree guesthouse is the right place for you. Book on our website the best available rates or contact us to get more information: we hope to make our place your home during your Roman days!

About the rooms: private bathroom, daily cleaning, free wifi (ultra broad band), airconditioning, sat tv.

An Italian breakfast is included in the rate.

See the Sixtythree B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Florence Skyline from Torre de Arnolfo – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , November 17th, 2017

Florence Skyline from Torre de Arnolfo - Alain

Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance. The city, wherever you go, is full of incredible art from the middle ages. You’ll find works of Dante, Michelangelo, Giotto, Boticelli and other Italian masters in one city. Stunning frescoes? Check. Incredible sculptures? Check. Amazing architecture? Check. Great literature? Check. My dilemma was: Where do I start?

The narrow, cobblestone streets had me feeling that I was truly in ancient Italy. The city was once tagged as the “Athens of the Middle Ages.” Much of the things to do and see here are concentrated in the Historical Centre, a UNESCO-World Heritage Site. In the middle of it, you’ll find the stunning Florence Cathedral which the locals refer to as “Duomo.” From here, it’s an easy walk to the Academia where you’ll find Michelangelo’s original statue of “David.” You can also walk to Uffizi Gallery and marvel at its colossal statues outside the building. Nearby, Ponte Vecchio has been there for centuries and you might find something to splurge your money on.

Where to see the spectacular view of Florence skyline. The best view of Florence would be on the top of Torre de Arnolfo. It’s got the best view of the city’s skyline. Most of the postcards you see and buy were taken from here.

A Day in Florence. Yes, it is possible if your purpose is just to see the usual tourist attractions in the Historical Center. You can do these sights: Academia, Duomo and Baptistry, Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. I have to warn you though that the queue at the Academia is brutal. So you better start there. Be the first in the queue in the morning. And oh, I find the gelato here in Florence better than the gelatos in any city I’ve been in Italy. Don’t be shy to get a large scoop!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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WeHo Gay Nightlife – WeHoVille

Author: , November 17th, 2017

WeHo Gay Nightlife

West Hollywood’s best dive bar? WeHo’s best sushi restaurant? Our city’s best barbershop, pet boarding place, Pilates studio? These are among the many categories we included on WEHOville’s Best Of ballot in August. The online voting turnout was great (and monitored by us geeks to make sure we weren’t being trolled — i.e. Putin didn’t vote, only you did).

We published the results in West Hollywood Magazine, our quarterly print publication, which was out last week and which you can find in news racks, restaurants and shops around the city.

Best of WeHo Night Life
Best Dive Bar

No. 1
Mother Lode
8944 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood
(310) 659-9700

The word “mother lode” means something of great value. In West Hollywood, where good ole fashioned dive bars are scarce, Mother Lode is that.

Tucked between the very precious P.U.M.P., owned by reality TV celeb Lisa Vanderpump, and the forever-under-construction space where the restaurant Bottega Louie is opening (some day), is this bar that offers cheap drinks, a chance to play pool and some outdoor areas for smoking. The interior is, uh, rough. And dark. And very charming for those of us into that sort of venue.

And if you’re looking for an early drink, or a late one, Mother Lode is the place, with operating hours from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Full Story at Wehoville

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Your Host Inn Cuernavaca – Cuernavaca Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , November 16th, 2017

Your Host Inn Cuernavaca

In 1991 Bill retired to this unique home that he built, designed and decorated. He now invites you to come and visit this Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the experience of some of the Mexican charm, cuisine and culture he has come to love. Making you comfortable is our full time job.

Enjoy gracious hospitality at YOUR HOST INN at the heart of downtown Cuernavaca. We are located in a conventional safe neighborhood only three blocks from the city center. The people are very friendly and hard working. There are several small family type restaurants with excellent food just a few steps away. You will also see some graffiti just like in New York, London, and Paris.

The property is an oasis, meticulously designed with stunning architectural and historical detail. Each tastefully appointed suite is decorated with Mexican handicrafts, and is equipped with private bath, king size beds, kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, and TV. Each of the four suites is dedicated to a Mexican artist.

Start your day with a full gourmet breakfast featuring glorious local produce, homemade breads and jams, as well as Mexican specialties. Relax in the rooftop orchid garden, with panoramic views of the city or enjoy the tranquility of the lush covered garden, brimming with rare tropical plants. Listen to the soothing sounds of the waterfall fountain, across from the open-air living room with fireplace.

Exploring Cuernavaca is easy–Taxis and mini buses are just outside our door. You are a short walk or taxi ride from the Central Market, historical Zocalo, Cortez Palace, Cathedral, museums and Borda Gardens, as well as many fine restaurants.

If you would like to explore the surrounding attractions, the central bus station is minutes away, or you can arrange for a private bilingual guide and chauffer service. Incomparable atmosphere and unmatched hospitality will make you feel that you have truly found a home away from home in Cuernavaca.

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Gay Colombia: Interview With Jesus From Barranquilla – Nomadic Boys

Author: , November 16th, 2017

Gay Colombia

Despite its sordid history with the drugs cartels, Colombia has undergone a huge transformation to not only become one of the most gay friendly countries in Latin America, but in the world.

Catholicism is still strong here and society largely conservative, but despite this, same sex marriage was legalised in April 2016, with the first gay wedding taking place in Cali on 24 May 2016. In addition, Congress passed a law banning discrimination on sexual orientation in 2011, adoption was legalised in 2012 and the right to change legal gender has been in place since 1993.

Bogota and Medellin each have a thriving fun gay neighbourhood, especially Chapinero in Bogota where you can find the mega-club Theatron – the largest gay club in Latin America. As a gay couple travelling in Colombia, we were so pleasantly surprised by how gay friendly Colombia is. We felt extremely welcome and never had any problems anywhere.

In Cartagena, we met Jesus, who is an artist and a guide, who told us more about his gay life in Colombia and what it’s like growing up by the coast in Barranquilla.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Revival of the Postcard – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , November 16th, 2017

Dani - Globetrotter Girls

Ever since I first started traveling, I have loved postcards. And I mean my very first trip, all the way back when I was a teenager and I went to Rome. I loved sitting down to write postcards, writing as small as possible to fit as much as I could on the card. Writing out every tidbit about the trip that I felt I needed to share.

And to this day, this hasn’t changed. No matter where I go, I always pick up a bunch of postcards to send to family and friends.

I personally love it when I go to the mailbox to get my mail and a colorful postcard peeks out between a pile of white envelopes, usually holding boring stuff like bills or bank statements. And I hope that the recipients of the postcards I send feel the same way about them.


The whole concept of sending postcards has changed quite a bit since I sent those first postcards back in 1993 though – especially in recent years. It’s become rarer and rarer that I receive postcards. It seems like since people started traveling with smartphones it has become much more common to send a quick WhatsApp or text message instead of investing in an actual paper postcard, making the effort to go and buy a stamp, and to find a letter box to send it (which, let me tell you, isn’t always easy, as I learned last month when I walked through rural Spain and tried to post some postcards in smaller towns).

I get it. A quick message with a picture snapped on your phone is much more convenient. It’s easy. You can even do it from your sun chair by the pool, instead of having to deal with the hassle of going to find a post office.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Villa Merida – Merida Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , November 15th, 2017

Villa Verde Merida - Merida Gay Bed & Breakfast

Come visit us at Merida’s Villa Verde Merida B&B/Boutique Inn – a lovely, restored 250 year-old colonial mansion and grounds in Merida’s “Centro” district. We’re close to everything!

Villa Verde features just five guest rooms to ensure your tranquility and comfort during your stay here in Merida. Your guest room features a private bath, premium linens and towels, upscale amenity products, free WiFi access, flat screen TV, safe, iPod/iPad charger, blow dryer, and much more.

We serve a complimentary breakfast each morning and a happy hour cocktail each evening in our bar.

Love to swim? Villa Verde has a large, sexy waterfall pool surrounded by sunny and shady areas, including our clothing optional rooftop deck.

You can also relax in our front portico courtyard, with five trickling fountains.

Our dining room has a guest computer, as well as a library of Merida maps and history. Read a book, share some margaritas in our outdoor lounge – or reserve a relaxing massage in our private tropical garden.

Villa Verde Merida is a gay owned, gay friendly home away from home while you explore beautiful Merida and the wonders of the Yucatan. We offer spa services, can arrange excursions, and are always here to help you with restaurant and bar referrals, details and directions.

Click on our website link for property details, services provided, and directions.

Michael and Robert welcome you to Villa Verde Merida – come join us!

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